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Ivory Coast 'under control'

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- An Ivorian official said the situation was under control Monday following a deadly attack on a military base in the Ivory Coast commercial capital Abidjan.
Rights a concern ahead of Ivorian vote

Rights a concern ahead of Ivorian vote

GENEVA, Switzerland, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Political marginalization and simmering rivalries in Ivory Coast suggest Sunday's parliamentary elections could lead to renewed violence, an analysis concluded.

Ivory Coast preps for December vote

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- The United Nations is committed to providing the Ivory Coast with the assistance it needs for national legislative elections in December, an official said.
PM keeps job in Ivory Coast

PM keeps job in Ivory Coast

YAMOUSSOUKRO, Ivory Coast, June 2 (UPI) -- Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara kept Prime Minister Guillaume Soro, a holdover from the previous administration, in his new Cabinet, the government said.

Hundreds killed by pro-Gbagbo fighters

YAMOUSSOUKRO, Ivory Coast, May 10 (UPI) -- Almost 200 people were killed last week by Ivorian militias and Liberian mercenaries loyal to the former Ivorian president, the Ivorian government said.

Pro-Ouattara forces vow fight in Abidjan

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, April 4 (UPI) -- The time is "ripe" for an offensive to oust Laurent Gbagbo, said the prime minister for Allasane Ouattara, Ivory Coast's internationally recognized president.

U.N., AU name Darfur mediator

UNITED NATIONS, July 1 (UPI) -- The United Nations and the African Union have selected a mediator to bring together warring sides and end the violent conflict in the Darfur region of Sudan.

Ivory Coast soldiers begin to disarm

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Ivory Coast officials estimate it will take several months to disarm thousands of soldiers who fought in the country's 5-year-old civil war.

Ivory Coast leaders promote talk of peace

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, July 30 (UPI) -- Opposing leaders in the Ivory Coast met ceremonially to signal a new era of peace despite reoccurring violence in the African nation, it was reported Monday. President Laurent Gbagbo and Prime Minister Guillaume Soro burned a small pile of weapons to symb

Ivory Coast official wants peace ceremony

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, June 21 (UPI) -- Ivory Coast Prime Minister Guillaume Soro Thursday proposed a high-profile weapons burning ceremony to cut violence in the north of his nation.

Ivorian rebel leader named prime minister

YAMOUSSOUKRO, Ivory Coast, April 6 (UPI) -- The Ivory Coast has officially named rebel leader Guillaume Soro as the country's prime minister.

Report: Rebel leader to be Ivory Coast PM

YAMOUSSOUKRO, Ivory Coast, March 27 (UPI) -- The archrival of Ivory Coast's president and leader of a militant rebel group has been named prime minister, his followers' Web site claimed Tuesday.

U.N. reassures Ivory Coast rebels

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- The top U.N. envoy in Ivory Coast Thursday visited Bouake in the rebel-held north for the first time since fresh fighting erupted two week ago.

Rebels: No disarmament without reforms

BOUAKE, Ivory Coast, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Ivorian rebels say they will not begin disarming as planned Friday because political reforms promised by President Laurent Gbagbo have not been enacted.

French troops bring calm to Ivory Coast

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- French soldiers have begun peace-keeping duties in northern Ivory Coast, Radio Free Europe reported Wednesday.
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Guillaume Kigbafori Soro (born 8 May 1972 in Ferkessédougou, Côte d'Ivoire) has served as the Prime Minister of Côte d'Ivoire since 4 April 2007. Prior to his service as Prime Minister, Soro led the Patriotic Movement of Côte d'Ivoire and later the New Forces rebel group as its Secretary-General.

A Roman Catholic from Diawala in the north of the country, Soro led the rebel Patriotic Movement of Côte d'Ivoire (MPCI) in a September 2002 rebellion against the government of President Laurent Gbagbo that triggered the Ivorian Civil War. In December 2002 Soro's MPCI combined with two other rebel groups - Ivorian Popular Movement of the Great West (MPIGO) and Movement for Justice and Peace (MJP) - to form the les Forces Nouvelles de Côte d'Ivoire (New Forces). He became Secretary-general of the group.

Following a peace agreement in January 2003, Soro joined the government as communications minister in April 2003. The New Forces ministers began a boycott of the government in September 2003 and returned to the government in January 2004. After an opposition demonstration held in Abidjan was violently broken up in March 2004, Soro and other former rebel and opposition ministers began boycotting the government. In turn, Gbagbo dismissed Soro from his position, along with two other ministers, on 19 May 2004. Soro denounced this move, saying that it was effectively a coup by Gbagbo against the peace agreement. On 9 August 2004 Soro attended a cabinet meeting and was reinstated in his position. On 28 December 2005, Soro was appointed minister of reconstruction and reintegration in the government of Prime Minister Charles Konan Banny; in this position he became the second ranking member of the government, after the prime minister. He did not, however, attend a cabinet meeting in this capacity until 15 March 2006.

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